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Skills for School Success

Toby Vogel

Ideally, your child learns well, aces tests, and looks forward to going to school each day. What you can do to make this happen

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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SCHOOL OF THE BLUES One out of three kids reveal schoolwork is their biggest worry (Photos: Shutterstock)

The energy of a fresh school year and shiny school supplies propel many children forward, but they only go so far. Two thirds of teachers surveyed believe students perform better when parents are more involved in their education. Children whose teachers felt the parents were more involved, tended to exhibit fewer problems and have better language and math skills than children whose parents the teachers felt were less involved.


Can you be too involved in your kids’ school? 54 percent of parents say no.


More Like George

Curiosity turns the brain ON. Every new thought creates new brain connections. Let children ask “Why” —and answer their questions.


Build Bridges

Memory is formed by associations. Teach children to link new words or concepts to something they already know.


No Cram Sessions

As a memory is rehearsed, it’s cemented. Encourage children to study — without waiting until the last minute. When practice is spaced instead of crammed, it’s recalled and stored more times.


Take a Walk

More physical activity means better planning skills, key for studying and school success. Less physical activity means less self-control, the skill your kids needs for good class behavior.


Shoot the Breeze

Follow up on tests and school activities — and just talk to your kids.

It’s true! Seventy-eight percent of middle schoolers and 48 percent of high school students want to talk more to parents.


Emotion Coaching

Can your children express themselves, regulate their emotions, problem solve, and resolve conflicts? 11% better: the bump in academic performance percentile when children master social and emotional skills.


PARENT POWER The top two factors that influence academic success are the parent-child relationship and parents’ involvement in schoolwork

High Notes

Playing any instrument helps develop cortical thickness in the brain, boosting attention, anxiety management, and emotional control, and leading to higher academic achievements.


Reading Together

Eighty-three percent of children across all ages enjoy being read to aloud because it creates a special time with parents.Readingto kids strengthens the left side of the brain, especially areas involved in understanding the meaning of words and concepts.


The only way to increase reading fluency and enjoyment? Motivate a child to read more.

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